The other day Melissa pointed out that in the preface I write for guest reviews I am prone to saying “I’m leaving the blog in so-and-so’s ample hands”. She noted that I probably mean “able” (capable) rather than “ample” (large). She is right. Well, tonight I have Greg doing a guest review, so I have a change to correct myself! I now leave the blog in Greg’s oversized, but quite capable, hands. Greg….
Tonight I am very excited to break into Harpoon’s newest 100 barrel series beer the Black IPA. I love this style of beer and Harpoon is a hometown brewery so this should be a slam dunk.
Upon first pouring the beer, the first thing that stands out is how dark this beer is. It pours more like a stout than an IPA. This beer really lives up to its black name because no light shines through it. After pouring a pretty coffee colored head rises up to about a finger thick but then dissipates quickly. The predominate smell that I get is a malty chocolate with some subtle hop floralness. The stout attributes continue with the first sip. There is a pleasant bitterness up front followed by a dry slight chocolate flavor that follows. The flavor profile ends with a lingering bitterness. If I had drank this beer without reading the bottle, black IPA would not have been my first guess for the style. It comes in at 7% abv and 67 IBUs according to the bottle. Overall, I enjoyed Harpoon’s Black IPA but it reminds me more of a chocolate stout than a black IPA.